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BurnaBoy: The Waiting Paid Off

For years, Damini Ogulu aka BurnaBoy was villified, ostracised, ignored and overlooked – both as a credible artist and for his obvious talents – especially in his home country, Nigeria!

As a former pupil of a private school in England, he faced legal issues regarding unsubstantiated gang membership with the authorities and was for a while prevented from entering into the UK or US….

For many years, Damini remained in the wilderness….

But he focused on his art, worked hard in silence and waited patiently before his breakthrough came.

But today, Burnaboy is being toasted, honoured and celebrated the world over. Many who didn’t know, would think he started “yesterday” All across the US and UK, he is selling out packed concerts.

He is being invited to appear on top chat shows and multi million sponsorships and endorsements are beckoning.

His tracks are on everyone’s lips and even his dance steps have been adopted by everyone both young and old, black, white and brown.

His success came late.
But it came.

Delay is not denial. What will be, will be. What is yours will not pass you by.

DON’T GIVE UP!

Baronessj

*Featured image by Genevieve Mggazine
Watch Burna boys latest video to his track “Manifest”: https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=JXbWwR4rSmY

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles Captain Mikel Obi Retires From International Football

Nigeria’s Super Eagles captain Mikel John Obi has retired from international football after leading the country to third place at African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

“At the age of 32 it’s time for me to retire from the National team and let the youth take over, who’ve done an amazing job securing a bronze medal at AFCON 2019,” Mikel said on Thursday.

Mikel played his first competitive match for the Super Eagles in Egypt against Zimbabwe and he has decided to call it quit in the same country to “let the youth take over”.

Mikel played two Fifa World Cup tournaments for Nigeria and four Africa Cup of Nations competitions where he won the title in 2013 and a bronze medal in 2019.

In 2005, Mikel represented the Nigeria under-20 team at the FIFA World Youth Championship and won the Silver Ball for the second-best player at the tournament behind Lionel Messi as Nigeria finished as runner-up to Argentina.

He made his debut for the Nigeria senior team on 17 August 2005, when he came on as a second-half substitute in a 1–0 friendly win over Libya.

He featured in the 2006 AFCON hosted by Egypt as he was introduced into the second game against Zimbabwe. He made his first international start in Nigeria’s final group game, a 2–1 victory over Senegal.

He was suspended from all Nigerian national teams in 2007 after he refused to play for the the Nigerian under-23 side because of injury, but his refusal resulted in his suspension by the Nigeria Football Federation. He apologised an was called up to the national squad for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana where he scored a scored one goal.


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Mikel missed the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa due to injury but was at the 2013 AFCON and was instrumental in the tournament as Nigeria won the continent premier title the third time.

He was named by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in the team of the tournament alongside teammates Vincent Enyeama, Efe Ambrose, Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike.

In 2014, Mikel made his first appearance at the FIFA World Cup tournament in Brazil.

He featured in the 2016 Olympics where he scored his first ever Olympic goal in a 2–0 win against Denmark to advance to the semi-final. Nigeria lost to Germany in the semi-final but won the bronze medal at the expense of Honduras.

Mikel scored in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Algeria.
Sharing a photo of himself in the national jersey, Mikel Obi wrote, “Egypt is a country where I’ve started and have finished my national career.


Our Little Girls Need Better Role Models

I am a huge fan of Nigerian Afrobeats queen Ms Tiwalade Savage.

Like many women my age and younger, I love her to a fault.

I love her songs and even know the lyrics to most of them. She is not only highly talented and intelligent. She is also flawlessly beautiful.

She is also a strong female role model that many little girls look up to and aspire to be – whether she asked to be or not.

Because the moment you step up to the centre stage, public or world platform, you become a role model. An inspiration and mentor to many. Even those you don’t know or would ever have the slightest conversation with will admire you and want to emulate you. Rightly or wrongly.

But it pains me when I see our little girls’ role models garbed in slutty, trashy and almost non existent outfits in order to publicize or promote themselves. And it does not matter whether they are on stage, at an awards event or a magazine photoshoot.

Last week, a picture emerged of serial tennis champion Serena Williams proudly exposing her naked bottom cheek on the front cover of a top fashion magazine. And recently, music queen Beyonce appeared in a dress that opened up all the way down, right from her pubic area.

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TS’s recent picture donning a pair of shorts that not only left very little to the imagination, but also completely ripped at the back, exposing her naked bottom has left many scratching their heads in confused amazement.

I, am in no way or by any means a prude. Yes, I am a practising, active Christian but I also believe in liberality – within reason and in moderation.

I believe a woman can and should be free to showcase her self and her beauty to the fullest and in the best way possible. But I draw the line at nudity. Sexiness is not about being reduced to porn star levels. Neither does nudity portray your beauty – or talents.

Ironically, Tiwa, Beyonce and Serena are all married women with little kids.

They are also highly accomplished, awards, accolades and trophies winners with enormous talent between them. These are more than enough to speak for them without them lifting a finger…or even posing for a phone camera selfie.

Why then do they need near nudity to showcase themselves?

Is is that there are some underlying self confidence issues? Some inferiority complex that tells them if they don’t go naked, the world will not take notice of them?

It seems many of the pictures of certain black female celebs you see today, they are all competing to outdo themselves in the nudity stakes. Why do you see the male stars fully dressed and all covered up, but the women almost completely naked?

Is there some problem that I don’t know of, that affects female performance if they have clothes on?

I don’t think so.

In these “me too” days, we are hoping that the days of women not being blackmailed or coerced into sex in exchange for jobs or movie roles are behind us (wishful thinking, I know)

Unfortunately, many up and coming young women in diverse industries may still find they have to give their bodies in exchange for opportunities, regardless of their talents.

But what can we say of the already fully established ones?
While you may no more be conducting your auditions on the “casting couch”, you are still in a way selling sex for recognition.

You are telling the world that Tiwa, Beyonce or Serena – or indeed, any talented young girl cannot be accepted unless the world catches a glimpse of their nipple, ass or vagina!

@BaronessJ


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How Boxing Champion Anthony Joshua Lives The Lavish Multi-million Pound Lifestyle Without Touching His Personal Fortune

HIS Instagram feed is a littered with snaps of exotic holidays on private jets, custom-made sports cars and watches worth more than £350,000.

But despite being worth £35million and living a life of luxury, British boxing champion Anthony Joshua is so humble that he still lives in an ex-council house with his mum – and gets everything from his luxury holidays to his clothes for free.

The boxing star also has a humble two-bed flat in Sheffield that he uses when training, which features a master bedroom with a single bed, worn out sofas in the living room and just one communal bathroom.

And while Joshua might be one of the few people in the country not to have to worry about the cost of his weekly supermarket shop, it seems he doesn’t even pay for his own cartons of eggs, with his sponsors paying for his meal prep as well.

The 6ft 6in 29-year-old – who is set to fight Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr in New York’s Madison Square Gardens on Sunday – instead banks all his money, only splashing out on treats for his family, not himself.

His right-hand man and marketing manager, Freddie Cunningham, says that despite having “a lot of money,” Joshua “doesn’t live the life that he could.”

“From the outside, it probably looks like he does. He’s seen in private jets, wearing expensive watches, and driving around in nice cars,” he told Business Insider.

“But the jets are all sponsored. We’ve never paid for a private jet, or a helicopter, in our life. He gets a signature car from Land Rover.

“He’s not spending that money. He’s accumulating money. He’s living a lifestyle that probably everyone wants him to live, or see him live, but he’s doing it in a smart way. Tactful.”

Joshua has 12 endorsement deals currently under his heavyweight belt – earning him an estimated £5m per year – ranging from clothing, electronics and cars that keep him in the money when he isn’t fighting opponents.

AJ is sponsored by US sportswear giant Under Armour – who provide him with a private jet, as well as paying him a seven-figure salary.

Showing the interior of the £45million black G550 ahead of his trip to the States to face Ruiz, AJ said: “These type of things aren’t ordinary, in my daily life and in many other people’s daily lives, so it’s a blessing.

“However, my view is even though I enjoy it and the door has been opened for me, I can’t forget to open the door for people who have come with me and the people who aren’t in a position to enjoy this type of luxury.

“I never get too lost in the source and get carried away with these types of things.”

The company also provide the IBF world heavyweight champion with his in-ring attire and training wear, including all tracksuits and trainers.

Anthony also has free use of a helicopter, provided to him by Beats by Dre, who he’s been the face of since 2017.

As a 17-year-old, Joshua’s first car was a Vauxhall Astra, which he saved up £1,500 to buy and claimed it was a “stable, sturdy car.”

Now, thanks to his partnership with Jaguar Land Rover – which is rumoured to be worth £790,000 a year – AJ rolls round London in his choice of a fleet of luxury wheels, including a customised white Jaguar XJR, worth £93,000.

His favourite motor is his personalised black Range Rover, which he says “looks very professional and sets a standard”

He was furious last year when, just days before his fight with Alexander Povetkin, his bespoke £150,000 motor – gifted to him by his sponsors – was stolen outside of his cousin’s house.

Luckily the company replaced it with a new one immediately.

When he isn’t sparring, AJ enjoys exotic holidays with his family and friends, with his Instagram showing him recently in Dubai, Jamaica and Miami.

Again, most of these trips are sponsored by countries and resorts who want the privilege of having the sporting icon spotted hitting their hottest tourist spots.

Cunningham said: “We have a partnership with Dubai Tourism and they really like him and get his philosophy on life, his morals, everything.

“He resonates with that territory. They want to bring boxing there. Hopefully we can do something there.”

Anthony has even stayed at the Nobu Miami Beach Private Villa, which costs £5k per night and the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok, where luxury villas are rented out for £4k a week.

Anthony came from humble beginnings on a council estate in Watford, where he got into trouble with police as a wayward teenager and spent two weeks on remand in Reading prison after being found in possession of cannabis.

He now says he knows the value of the money he’s made.

“Don’t save what is left after spending, spend what is left after saving,” was the advice he gave his 8.8 million Instagram followers recently.

But despite keeping his purse strings shut, he still wears jewellery and clothes worth thousands.

He was recently gifted a £350,000 watch worth more than the average house, thanks to his partnership with luxury jewellers Audemars Piguet.

In January, Joshua helped to open state of the art BXR gym in London’s Marylebone along with his promoter Eddie Hearn.

Joshua said: “I spend the majority of my life in the gym, so I know what is required to make a truly great one.”

Ahead of his fight with Ruiz, he returned to train at his former gym, ABC Finchley, for free.

AJ doesn’t even have to spend much on his weekly shop.

His high protein diet is funded by his deal with Bulk Powders. He’s also sponsored by Lynx and Axe, so that’s his beauty and hygiene regime sorted.

And if he wants to treat his family and friends to a free dinner, he can flash his black card at Nando’s and get it for free.

He doesn’t even have to pay to attend gigs, concerts and sporting events, having the luxury of VIP suites through his endorsement with StubHub ticketing agency, while he gets free Sky TV through his deal with Sky Sports.

As published in thesun.co.uk

Adele And Husband To Divorce After 3 Years Of Marriage

Adele and her husband charity boss Simon Konecki have separated and are going for a divorce.

The pop singer’s representatives Benny Tarantini and Carl Fysh confirmed the news on Friday in a statement.

“Adele and her partner have separated,” the emailed statement said. “They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment.”

Adele gave birth to her son, Angelo, in 2012.

The award-winning British superstar has been private about her relationship, but confirmed she married Konecki when she won album of the year at the 2017 Grammys.

In her acceptance speech, she said: “Grammys, I appreciate it. The Academy, I love you. My manager, my husband and my son you’re the only reason I do it.”

London-born Adele released her debut album, 19, in 2008, which contained the songs Chasing Pavements and Hometown Glory and reached No 1 in the UK.

Her follow-up album, “21”, released in 2011 brought even more success thanks to the singles Someone Like You, Rolling In The Deep and Rumour Has It.

The record topped the charts in 30 countries, including the US and UK, and cemented Adele’s status as one of the world’s most successful artists.

She released her most recent album, 25, in 2015, which contained the single Hello. It proved to be another critical and commercial success.

In March, Adele was pictured entering a recording studio in New York City, sparking rumours she was working on new music.

Konecki cofounded Life Water, an eco-friendly brand of bottled water in the UK. Funds from the company assists the charity that Konecki runs, Drop4Drop, which provides clean water to countries in need.

A representative for Konecki could not be reached.


This afternoon, the Grammy winner took to Instagram to post a photo of herself crying next to a different pic of her getting her life during her Carpool Karaoke episode. The caption at the top of the two photos was truly savage and said, “When you catch yourself in your feelings then you remember who you are.”

Watch our for a new set of award winning heartbreak songs


Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped

In a stunning reversal, Chicago prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett just weeks after he was indicted on 16 felony counts for allegedly filing a false police report.

NBC reports Smollett, 36, was seen arriving at a Chicago courtroom around 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday for an emergency hearing. Following his court appearance, his attorneys released a statement saying that the actor’s “record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him.”

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“Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgement,” the statement read.

“Jussie and many others were hurt by these unfair and unwarranted actions. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion. That is wrong. It is a reminder that a victim, in this case Jussie, deserves dignity and respect. Dismissal of charges against the victim in this case was the only just result.”

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Smollett was charged earlier this month by a grand jury of 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report, according to a criminal complaint.

In February, he was charged with felony disorderly conduct after Chicago officers said he orchestrated his own alleged hate crime on himself in January because he was unhappy with his salary on the show “Empire.”

His role on the Fox series, where he played Jamal Lyon, was cut from the final episodes of the fifth season “to avoid further disruption on set,” the show’s executive producers said in a joint statement on Feb. 22.

Smollett had told police on January 29 that he was beaten up by two masked men while he was out getting food in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. The actor, who is black and gay, said his attackers hurled racist and homophobic slurs before punching him, putting a noose around his neck and pouring what he said was bleach on him.

Brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo were arrested in February as police investigated the alleged assault but were later released by police. They are not considered suspects.

Smollett was then labeled as a suspect in his own alleged assault and arrested in February. Prosecutors and police said Smollett allegedly paid the Osundairo brothers $3,500 via a check to attack him and also gave them money to buy the supplies they would need to carry out the hoax crime.

The actor and his attorneys have repeatedly denied the allegations against him. Mark Geragos, who represents Smollett, said in a statement to NBC News earlier this month that the indictment was “the prosecutorial overkill.”

“This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines in order to distract from the internal investigation launched to investigate the outrageous leaking of false information by the Chicago Police Department and the shameless and illegal invasion of Jussie’s privacy in tampering with his medical records,” Geragos said.

Comedian Akpos Makes History With 75 Mins Straight Stand-Up Comedy Show In London

It was great night for lovers of comedy and entertainment when UK based Nigerian comedian Akpos Ogagbe, stagged his first “one man show” tagged An hour with Akpos in London.

The multi award winning funnyman regalled his guests with hilarious and eye watering tales about his life experiences including, growing up in Nigeria and being an immigrant in the UK; religion, trending news and much more topical issues.

The evening hosted by London Events Host, Mc Cole, also featured other stand up comedians such as Njambi: British Kenyan, President Obonjo, ADE and Instagram sensation Klinton cod.

Musical entertainment was provided by Deoba Authentic and Bayo Bayz.

Dj Mind the gap was the Man on d wheels of steel, dishing out and keeping the guests on thrilled with various tracks.

Over 200 guests attended what has been described as a Night of laughter, music and dance.

The event which held at Alpha Lounge, Lewisham south east London, makes Akpos the first UK Nigerian Comedian to perform an uninterrupted stand-up comedy set for a straight 75 mins – an extra 15 minutes on top of that the advertised 60 minutes schedule!

*Pictures credit: JP Kingz
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